About

 

Camden Tour Guides Association (CTGA) is a member organisation of qualified guides who research, develop and conduct walking tours and lectures on all things Camden!

camdenmain1Camden is one of the most interesting of the London Boroughs.  All our guides have  studied Guiding Skills and the area, and passed theory and practical examinations.  Walks are entertaining, but guides understand the history and culture in each of the areas we cover, and are skilled in interpreting the buildings and telling the stories of the people who lived and worked in Camden.

We cover all areas of the Borough of Camden including Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Holborn, Fitzrovia, Kentish Town, Highgate, Gospel Oak, Bloomsbury, St. Pancras, West Hampstead, St. Giles, Belsize Park, and Hampstead.  We can also offer guides with specialised knowledge of many topics including Health, Education, Art, Literature, Law, Politics, Social Housing, Industry & Transport, Faith & Religion and Entertainment.


CHARITABLE SUPPORT

Since its inception the CTGA has annually supported the Camden Mayor’s charity. With fund raising walks we have raised hundreds of pounds for the following charities.

 
In 2014/5 the Three Faiths Forum (engendering greater understanding between Jews Christians and Muslims)  for Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli.
2015/16 Kids (supporting families with disabled children) for Cllr Larraine Revah
2016/17 Anna Freud Foundation (supporting young people with mental health issues) for Cllr Nadia Shah.
2017/18 4CWS (Camden Churches Community Cold Weather Night Shelters for rough sleepers) for Cllr Richard Cotton.
 
We are currently planning walks for Mayor Jenny Headlam Wells’ charity – Camden Music Trust.

Camden Tour Guides doing what they do best…..

Camden Tour Guides Association recently hosted the Bloomsbury Breakfast at St Pancras Old Church.  The local business people were welcomed by the Parish Priest, Father James Elston and Peter Twist, Chair of Camden Tour Guides Association and after the Breakfast our guides were delighted to take our guests around the church, gardens and old churchyard.

 

 


Pictured below are some of the newest members of the Association in the Camden Town Hall’s Mayor’s Parlour at the Badge Ceremony held on 6th July 2016

Badge Ceremony 2016

Cllr Richard Cotton (Top Row 2nd from Left) with members of CTGA at Graduation Ceremony 6 July 2016


 

 


Since its formation CTGA has been commissioned to provide walks for a number of various organisations including:

IMG_9884Camden Council – in 2015 as part of various events held to celebrate 50 years of the London Borough of Camden we led a series of tours inviting audiences to explore the Borough and find out more about its hidden histories for Camden50

 

 


The Knowledge Quarter  is a consortium of partner organisations of many different kinds but with one thing in common – they are all actively engaged in advancing and disseminating knowledge.  CTGA ran a series of walks covering many of the partners involved in this initiative.  Our walks entitled “Sharing the Secrets of the Knowledge Quarter” highlighted many Knowledge Quarter partners, learning about their participation and contribution to knowledge and the community.


Accessible Walks

CTGA is keen to make our guided walks open to everyone.  To support this aim we have worked with a range of organisations.  For example we have worked with Visually Impaired in Camden (VIC) to develop a series of walks that are particularly suitable for people who are visually impaired.  We have had great fun leading walks around The Regent’s Canal and the King’s Cross area, where together we understood what it was like to see the area from the perspective of someone with a visual impairment – the need to describe aspect, size and listen to sound.

 The Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square.  We have worked with the Museum to develop guided tours of the museum suitable for people with visual impairments.  This included describing the size and outlook of individual rooms so that a visually impaired person can imagine themselves inside the room. We also incorporated touch into the tour, for example, sitting on the pews on the first floor landing of the museum and feeling the oak leaf carving, touching the staircase from the original building.  We also focussed on the sound of the building – for example, hearing the clocks chime and the Dawn Chorus installation.  We also worked with the Museum to run free walks for all on Disabled Access Day on 12th March 2016.

 

 

 

If you have a special interest group and would like to discuss commissioning CTGA about working with you please contact us here


Company Number 08901645

A company limited by guarantee

Company Address 113 Paramount Court, University Street, WC1E 6JW


CTGA would like to thank founder member Amber Raney-Kincade for her contributions to marketing and brand design during the initial creation of this association. She designed our logo, our badge and continues to assist with website and social media endeavours.

 

 


USEFUL LINKS

  • Love Camden is your go-to guide for a great time out. Created for and by residents, visitors and local businesses that know the ins- and outs – link here
  • Camden Council – local community information directory here
  • Other Guiding Associations which may be of interest
    • CIGA (Clerkenwell and Islington Guides) link here
    • CWGLA (City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association) link here 
    • CityGuides (City of London Guide Lecturers Association) link here
  • There are many wonderful museums in the Borough of Camden – below you will find a link to some which you may find interesting
    • The Foundling Museum (many of our Camden Guides have passed a special exam to guide groups/individuals around this fascinating museum) link here
    • The House of Illustration link here
    • The Freud Museum link here
    • The Cartoon Museum link here
    • Sir John Soane’s Museum link here
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